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Technology Accelerator

The Institute for the Global Entrepreneur’s Technology Accelerator gives UCSD Startups access to a fast-track early stage, high impact program that is geared to shorten the timeline for innovations to enter the market.

Accessing or developing UC San Diego IP, startups can work with seasoned mentors to develop their product as well as determine their path to market.  Teams selected to participate will work closely with mentors, domain experts, and industry partners to advance technologies to the near-market prototype stage.


Current Teams

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Technology Focus Areas:

Healthcare & Biotechnologies

Devices, Materials, & Treatments to Advance Health & Science

  • Wearables, Diagnostics
  • Microbiome
  • Nanotechnologies
Energy & Environment

Green & BlueTech, Renewables & Smart Energy Alternatives

  • Materials, Energy Storage
  • Food & Resource Sustainability
  • Smart Manufacturing
Smart Transportation

Multi-modal Networks for Next Generation Transport

  • AI, Robotics, & Autonomous Systems
  • Machine Learning, AR & VR
  • Computing & Communications

Benefits of the program include:

  • Grant funding up to $50,000.
  • Path-to-Market Planning with domain experts and mentors
  • Connections to potential customers, partners and investors


Pre-incorporated team, consisting of graduate students, postdoctoral, associates, researchers and faculty.  Graduate students and postdoctoral associates must include a faculty mentor.

Evaluation Criteria:

Criteria includes: Technical foundation, market impact, Intellectual Property strength, team information, milestone-based project plans, and budget estimates.


Eligible costs include personnel, materials and supplies, prototyping costs, use of facilities, and other essential expenses. Funding will be disbursed in tranches based on individual milestones. Funds must be spent within 12 months of award date and in accordance with a submitted budget.

Intellectual Property:

Projects involving university intellectual property (IP) require a disclosure with the Offce of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC), and any IP must be available for licensing. IP generated in the course of the accelerator program must be assignable to UC San Diego. If your technology originates from UC San Diego and you have not led disclosure with OIC, or if you have questions regarding intellectual property status, please contact OIC for discussion. Activities funded through the Technology Accelerator are subject to university IP policies and guidelines.